Exclusive: Mark Ballas Dishes on ‘DWTS’ & Sizes Up Chelsea Kane to Bristol Palin

Amanda Hasaka / March 21, 2011

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Your wait is almost over, Dancing with the Stars fans! Tonight (Monday) is the night of the big premiere, and with stars like reality star Kendra Wilkinson, actress Kirstie Alley and The Karate Kid himself Ralph Macchio, this is shaping up to be one of the best seasons yet.

Celebuzz caught up with two-time champ — the certifiably hunky Mark Ballas, to get the dish on this season, his partner Chelsea Kane, and he even gives a comparison from his last partner, the much-discussed Bristol Palin.

Your partner this season is Chelsea Kane. How is she doing so far?

We’re having a good time. It’s only been a week so far, but it’s a great time. She tries really hard. She’s never danced before, but she shows a lot of potential and has a lot of personality. I think people are going to like her because she’s a really cool girl.

Have you met any of the other new cast members?

I’ve met them all except Petra [Nemcova]. It’s a really cool vibe this season. Everyone is really sweet and chill. It’s going to be a fun season.

Your last partner was Bristol Palin. How is Chelsea comparing so far?

It’s completely different. I’ve had eight partners now, so I don’t really compare them. It’s only been a week, but it’s been good. She’s working really hard and having a good time.

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